The best comment I've read in the web in regards to Stephen Garcia's dismissal from the South Carolina's football program, as always, comes from a fan and not from a highly paid main stream media type, here is a quote from a fan, shandy706:
I love how Spurrier and the the school will now dump all of this on Garcia.
I'm not saying he doesn't deserve it, but I have NO RESPECT for Steve Spurrier or the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
They kept bringing the kid back no matter what he did AS LONG AS HE WAS WINNING GAMES. The second he screws up they blame him for everything, and dump their sorry selves and organization on him."
Thank you shandy706 you are right on target with this, I have a feeling there is more to the story between Mr. Garcia and this program.
According to some reports his problem had to do with drinking, apparently he had an agreement with the school to abstain from drinking alcohol.
Lets think about this folks, do you know anyone in your family, work or maybe a friend who has a problem with alcohol.
Lets say you can get them to sign a document or make a verbal promise to stop drinking, would you say that be enough to get them to quit.
Let me be very blunt folks, HELL NO.
If in fact (as alleged) alcohol was the problem, one has to ask what kind of help was this kid getting from the university, did he have professional counseling or just a pep talks from his coaches.
Another question, why does anyone need five chances to straighten out, it basically tells us there were five failed opportunities by the program to help Garcia.
Can we agree on that.
Here is a quote from South Carolina's Athletic director Eric Hyman :
"Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right and we remind all of our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions,"
Well said, but why did it take him FIVE suspensions before he delivered the ultimate consequence, dismissal from the team.
I'm only guessing here, but maybe winning had a lot to do with it, again just guessing, apparently Mr. Hyman most be thinking better late than never.
Here is Steve Spurrier good bye quote to Stephen Garcia:
"We all feel like we've given Stephen numerous opportunities to be a student-athlete here at South Carolina. Obviously, he has chosen not to follow the guidelines of his reinstatement contract We wish him the best."
Fair enough I guess, but if I were this great coach I would of said the fallowing:
I and the University will do all we can to help Stephen make it through this difficult time in his life in appreciation for what he has done for us, I do feel partially responsible for not doing all I could of to help him.
Well that's what I would say, but that's just me.
As always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thankful for that.